The paid internships, lasting 4-5 months, are for individuals seeking professional experience and on-the-job training with the country’s largest organization dedicated to education & analysis on limiting the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and advanced delivery systems.
Interns will work with experts on nonproliferation, arms control, and regional security affairs, expand their knowledge, improve their research and writing skills and possibly publish independent research through CNS publications and other outlets. Participants will learn how non-governmental organizations impact national and international foreign policy-making.
Eligibility & Selection
We are looking for individuals who have:
- A high level of motivation and the ability to work independently
- An interest, a background and/or some knowledge of:
- foreign affairs
- nuclear weapons, missile nonproliferation and arms control issues
- chemical & biological weapons technology and policy
In your cover letter, we ask that you please specify what project area you would be more interested in: Nuclear Weapons (NW) or Chemical & Biological Weapons (CBW).
Interns work with senior staff and research associates on:
- Original research and drafting articles & reports
- Proofreading, editing, tracking down sources & end-notes
- Meetings and events of U.S. government (all branches) & foreign embassies:
Attendance and providing written summaries is required
- News and developments in research areas
- Helping to plan and organize some CNS events and meetings
- Social media for the Washington office, including the Twitter account
- Administrative support, as needed, to understand the operations of a non-governmental organization
Participants are encouraged to attend congressional hearings, meetings, seminars, and workshops relevant to their assignments and professional aspirations. Interns are also encouraged to work on an independent research project for potential publication on the CNS website.
Dates & Duration
CNS-DC accepts both full-time (37.5 hours/week) and part time (20 hours per week) interns. Unless otherwise indicated, the timeframe and deadlines for the internships are as follows (starting and end dates are negotiable as is the length of the internship):
When applying, please indicate in the Application Form what internship cycle you are applying for. Applications are considered year-round and prospective interns will receive notice via email whether they have been selected for an interview approximately 1-2 weeks after the application deadline. Prospective interns will be interviewed over the phone or when possible in person. Due to the high volume of applications only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The internship is a paid position.
There are no internship opportunities at this time.
Please continue to monitor this page for future openings.
Please do not e-mail application materials.
- Application Form – Indicate the internship cycle you are requesting
- Cover letter
- Writing sample
- Names only of 2 references (Not letters)
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Please indicate the internship cycle you are requesting on the Application Form.
Applications are considered year-round and prospective interns will receive notice via email whether they have been selected for an interview approximately 1-2 weeks after the application deadline. Prospective interns will be interviewed over the phone or in person when possible. Due to the high volume of applications, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The internship is a paid position.